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Education
  • Marquette University, B.A., 1992, History Minor in Philosophy and Political Science, National Honors: Phi Alpha Theta – for History
  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, J.D., 1996
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 2000
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals  Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court Northern, Eastern and Southern District of Texas
Languages
Kai P. Hecker
Kai P. Hecker Photo
Senior Attorney
khecker@thompsoncoe.com
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Dallas
700 North Pearl Street
Twenty-Fifth Floor - Plaza of the Americas
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-871-8208 direct  |  214-871-8209 fax
Assistant:
Jackie Mansur
214-880-2688 direct
jmansur@thompsoncoe.com
Overview

Kai Hecker focuses his practice on advising and defending professionals.   He has represented a range of individuals and companies, including lawyers, healthcare providers, real estate agents & brokers, accountants, architects, engineers, oil & gas landmen, and insurance agents & brokers. 

He advises professionals with the goal of avoiding future disputes or litigation.  This advice includes the professional’s ethical & professional responsibilities, information/cyber security obligations, internal best practices, and their business transactions and contracts.  He has spoken on these topics nation-wide.

He defends professionals with the goal of obtaining a successful early resolution so they can get back to helping their clients.  He has resolved matters involving professional liability/malpractice, ethics violations & grievances, and traditional business disputes pre-suit, at arbitration, at mediation, and through litigation in Texas state and federal courts. 

Representative Experience
  • Obtained summary judgment for national plaintiff’s lawyer accused of malpractice in high profile MDL litigation.  Judgment affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained pre-discovery summary judgment for real estate agents against multi-million dollar federal fraudulent inducement claim.  Briefed and argued at USCA Fifth Circuit; judgment affirmed.
  • Resolved malpractice claim against national law firm brought by international conglomerate involving the purchase price calculation in asset purchase agreements for several oil and gas pipelines.
  • Advised accounting firm during trial on malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty claims related to failed out-of-state insurance company.  Accounting firm found not liable.
  • Case non-suited by plaintiff after summary judgment hearing in legal malpractice case involving non-subscriber worker’s compensation claim.
  • Defeated defense counsel’s eve-of-trial attempt to disqualify plaintiff’s counsel in federal court discrimination lawsuit.
  • Represented numerous lawyers in grievance proceedings before the State Bar of Texas.
  • Advised numerous lawyers on best ethical practices to comply with the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct in novel situations.
  • Defended directors and officers in various industries from bankruptcy Trustee adversary proceedings involving fraudulent transfers, profit claw backs, and other allegations.
  • Represented architects and engineers in state, national, and international transactions.
  • Advised healthcare providers and revised their business associate agreements, notices of privacy practices, and training materials to be HIPAA/HITECH compliant.
  • Advised law firms in several states on best practices for safeguarding PII and PHI under HIPAA/HITECH, the Texas Identify Theft Enforcement & Prevention Act (Chapter 521), the Texas medical records privacy statute (Chapter 181), the relevant Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, and their state cyber security statutes.
  • Represented corporations and individuals in temporary injunction hearings to prevent the loss of trade secrets – including information on LinkedIn – or to enforce non-compete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality employment agreements.
Professional and Community Activities
  • SMU Adjunct Professor for Undergraduate Mock Trial (2013 – current)
  • Vice President Dallas Chapter of Claims & Litigation Management (CLM) (2012 – 2015); current member.
  • Secretary Dallas Chapter – Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) (2011 – 2015); current member.
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association 
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
Speeches and Presentations
  • Ethics & Information Security: You may be disbarred for storing confidential information paper and presentation at select law firms (June/July 2015).
  • Cyber Liability – Where are we and where are we headed?  Legislation, Litigation, and Crisis Management, paper and panel presentation at the Professional Liability Attorney Network (PLAN) New York regional meeting (June 2014).
  • HIPAA Loves You – Final Rules, paper and presentation at Texas Association of Non-Subscribers (TXANS) Annual Conference (May 2013).
  • The Exceptions Don’t Matter – Data Security, paper and presentation at Texas Association of Non-Subscribers (TXANS) Annual Conference (May 2013).
  • Surprise: You may be Fined for Storing Information about an Insured, paper and presentation at Claims & Litigation Management (CLM) conference (November 2012).
  • Press <Enter> to Bankrupt Your Company, paper and presentation at Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) conferences (September 2012).
  • Electronic Discovery and Cyber Liability, paper and presentation at the annual “Risk Management” continuing legal education seminar (November 2011).
  • Cyber Notification Liability, paper and panel presentation at the Southwest Chapter Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) annual “Insuring the Information Age” seminar (October 2011).
  • Invoicing and Collecting for Your Services, paper and presentation at the Collin County Bar Association’s annual “Making your Practice Work” continuing legal education seminar (March 2011).